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Great ride yesterday...(3 posts)

Great ride yesterday...BenB
Apr 10, 2001 7:12 AM
Well, first the background. I started ramping up my training+riding at the beginning of February. When I look back now I was pretty stupid. I was doing 30-50mile road rides on my Mountain bike, through big hills (hit 43mph on knobbies once) in near freezing weather, and grinding it out pretty hard. (16-17mph pace on )

I got a nasty case of tendonitis in my knee from this. It took me two months to finally get over it. In the end I had to see a doctor, take some medicine, and sit on my butt for 2 weeks and do nothing.

It's finally getting better. Last week I went out for a for a real short ride (like 7 miles) and it took me a half hour, and I still felt like I was going to re-injure my knee at any moment. But it didn't swell up again.

Yesterday I went out and rode a lot faster for about the same time, and it felt great. I still went pretty slow, avoided big hills, and didn't go far, but just being out there again was wonderful. So this little 10 mile ride felt like a huge deal. It was a beautiful warm day too. And I woke up today and didn't have to figure out how to get through the day with a knee that hurt.

So... moral of the story. Make sure to stretch. That was my problem. I know I won't forget again any time soon. And I'm going to remember that rule about not increasing your training more than 10% in a week too.

Ben
re: Great ride yesterday...Ken56
Apr 10, 2001 11:10 AM
Ben: Good advice,a dn I'm glad to see that you could get back on and ride again without pain. It was a beautiful day here in NJ yesterday too, and I took my first ride of the season. Ok, you can call me a fair-weather biker, or a poser, if you like. The truth is, I get no enjoyment from riding in rain and cold weather at 40 degrees and under. I don't like the cold wind in my face, and I'm not going to spend $500 on the proper clothing etc. It just isn't fun for me under those conditions. But yesterday was great. We had a sunny day for a change and the temps were hitting 70. I got home from work in the evening, shook off the cobwebs and away we went. I only did 20 miles. Had a flat tire (pinch flat), about 9 miles out, and because the daylight isn't lasting very long yet, I had to cut the ride short. But still it felt terrific to get out there. Looking forward to many more rides now this season.
re: Great ride yesterday...junebride
Apr 10, 2001 11:27 AM
here too.. gorgeous practically all day. had a great 2 hour ride after work, starting at 6. let's hear it for daylight sayings!

glad your knee is recovering. i'm in total agreement about the stretching. i attend a weekly yoga class that focuses on flexibility and strength - and although i had poo-pooed yoga and the like for years (before trying it), i'm convinced that it has great cycling benefits. (plus there is no way, otherwise, that i would be able to touch my toes...)